Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is closing on a permanent transfer to Arsenal after nearly six years at the Etihad – Sport Media News

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Gabriel Jesus was greeted at a London hospital by Arsenal sporting director Edu this morning ahead of the player’s move from Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta has landed the Brazilian striker to add to his squad for next season after the clubs agreed a £45m fee last week. Jesus had 12 months remaining on his contract at the Etihad and will leave after an eventful and trophy-filled five-and-a-half years in an attempt to earn more regular football and cement his place at the World Cup at the end of this year.

After taking some time to relax after the end of the campaign and the latest international window, Jesus has landed in London to complete the final bits of his transfer. As he emerged from a car on Tuesday morning, the Sun snapped the forward being met by Edu.

Jesus isn’t likely to be the only City forward leaving this summer for another Premier League club; Chelsea are in negotiations to sign Raheem Sterling in a double exit that will largely be compensated by the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

City’s willingness to sell players to rivals is in part because of the reality of the financial market but also reflects their confidence in their transfer strategy as they seek to win a third Premier League title in a row and a fifth in six years under Pep Guardiola. A deal for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips will be announced soon after a £45m fee was agreed between the clubs.

Chelsea have reportedly approached Manchester City over a potential move for Raheem Sterling.

City’s transfer activity seems to have been intensifying in recent days, with the news that England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is heading to the Etihad after the Blues agreed a fee with Leeds for his transfer.

Then, reports suggested that Gabriel Jesus is edging closer to a transfer to Arsenal and that he has agreed terms with Mikel Arteta’s side. And now, Chelsea are said to be confident of signing Sterling after approaching City over his availability.

Meanwhile, former City captain Fernandinho has completed his free transfer to former club Athletico Paranaense, where he has signed a two-year contract. In a press conference announcing his signing, Fernandinho also expressed his intention to end his career at the club where he made his senior debut in 2002.

Tottenham striker and former Manchester City target Harry Kane has already whet the appetite for Erling Haaland after sealing his £51million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

Having missed out on signing Kane last summer, Pep Guardiola and figures in the Etihad Stadium boardroom made the decision to turn their attentions to Haaland and promptly got their man.

That high-profile switch from Germany has been confirmed as City continue to go about their summer business.

We are asking you to give your views on Raheem Sterling’s potential Manchester City exit this summer with Chelsea making formal enquiries about his availability.

Here is what one of our readers has said:

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“Whilst his numbers and performance has not been as high as his return 2-3 seasons ago, he will be a huge loss to the squad.

We are putting our eggs into the Haaland and Alvarez basket, which seems a sure bet looking at their previous club form, but you just never know how they will settle into the style of play and the competitiveness of the league.”

One of the main criticisms of Gabriel Jesus, often from fans who don’t actually watch him weekly, is that he isn’t prolific.

If he does leave Manchester City for Arsenal, though, he will do so with 95 goals and 46 assists from 236 appearances, or a goal contribution every 101 minutes.

That’s hardly a striker who doesn’t know where the goal is, and another criticism often aimed at Jesus is that he doesn’t affect the big games.

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You can also volunteer your own choices in Harry Siddall’s piece about his particular kit memories here.

Chelsea are now reportedly after a third Manchester City player in Olek Zinchenko.

The Blues have approached City regarding Raheem Sterling are also said to hold an interest in Nathan Ake.

Now, the Daily Mail reports Thomas Tuchel could also go in for Zinchenko, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been pictured by the Sun hugging Arsenal director Edu, claiming he has arrived at a hospital to complete a medical.

It says City will recieve £45m for the player once the transfer is completed.

After the medical is completed, Jesus is set to pen a five-year deal, ending a five-year stay at the Etihad. He will become the club’s main striker with Alexandre Lacazette departing the Emirates.

Chelsea have set their stall out to sign Raheem Sterling and that move would mark the end of an era. Seven years have passed since the England forward moved to the Etihad Stadium and, during that time, he has played a crucial part in Manchester City dominating the domestic scene.

With four Premier League titles and five League Cup medals to show for his efforts – plus the FA Cup in 2019 – the only prize which evades Sterling is the one Pep Guardiola and his star-studded team continue to strive for. Sterling and the gang came so, so close to Champions League glory in each of the past two campaigns.

Raheem Sterling could sign for Chelsea this week after their new owner Todd Boehly made contact with City to speed up a deal for the first statement signing of a new era at Stamford Bridge.

Despite reports saying that Chelsea had already bid for the England international, at last week there had been no formal approach. Boehly is so keen on making the deal efficient and polished, he contacted City bosses on Monday to ask for their valuation – rather than risk days of public offers being batted back and forth between the pair.

Reports suggest Chelsea might target a double swoop at the Etihad Stadium.

Thomas Tuchel has already registered an interest in England star Raheem Sterling.

But will the Blues set their sights on signing teammate Nathan Ake?

The Guardian claim Ake – who started his career at Stamford Bridge – has been added to their defensive shortlist while several other clubs continue to be linked with the Netherlands centre-back.

Chelsea are odds-on to sign Raheem Sterling this summer transfer window.

But will the west Londoners go on to complete that move after making contact?

Chelsea – 1/6

To stay at Man City – 7/2

Barcelona – 25/1

Real Madrid – 25/1

Tottenham – 25/1

Arsenal – 33/1

Bayern Munich – 33/1

Atletico Madrid – 40/1

*Betting odds were correct at 07:00 on June 28. Subject to change.

Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez are set to take the Premier League by storm.

Business struck up so far is ominous for would-be challengers to City and Liverpool.

Here is what Alan Shearer said to Sky Sports about those summer moves;

If you say the words ‘double pivot’ to any Manchester City fan, the chances are you’d get an impulsive groan, or sigh, or even a shudder. Because when Pep Guardiola has played two defensive midfielders together in the past, it’s rarely paid off, and in fact had a negative impact on City’s balance.

When Guardiola is accused of ‘overthinking’, it is often because he wants to be slightly more defensive against a quality opponent, and adding an extra holding midfielder is a defensive move.

However, with Fernandinho gone, City have agreed a deal for Leeds and England star Kalvin Phillips, who can play at the base of midfield but also further forward.

Multiple reports suggest that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has formally approached Manchester City regarding a transfer for Raheem Sterling.

It’s claimed a bid in the region of £55m could be tabled in the next few days and there are suggestions that Chelsea are confident of securing a deal for City’s England international.

They have given Sterling time to think about his options and, if he does decide to leave, it would be an amicable split.

The Telegraph also reported that Chelsea had asked about Nathan Ake’s availability in the same conversation.

Fernandinho has sealed his return to former club Athletico Paranaense after his release from Manchester City.

Brazilian Fernandinho, 37, left City this summer as his contract expired and expressed a desire to return to his home country. Not only is he back in Brazil, but he has secured a move to his first club Athletico Paranaense, where he made 72 appearances between 2002-05 before sealing a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fernandinho left City as the club’s most decorated player, and said it was a dream to wear the Paranaense shirt again, 17 years after he left. He will wear the number five shirt and has signed a two-year contract.

“Without a doubt, I am fulfilling a personal wish, a dream to wear the Athletico shirt again,” he said at a press conference on Monday, confirming he intends to retire after his new deal expires.

Raheem Sterling is entering the final year of his Manchester City contract; 27-year-old is carefully considering what he believes is the defining stage of his career; Chelsea looking for more firepower with Romelu Lukaku set for loan back to Inter Milan

Manchester City are expecting to field an opening offer from Chelsea for Raheem Sterling after Thomas Tuchel engaged the England international over how he would fit in at Stamford Bridge.

The forward heads a shortlist of the manager’s attacking targets and enters the final year of his contract with the Premier League champions, who are grateful for his service and will not obstruct his desire for greater minutes and status elsewhere.

Pep Guardiola has repeatedly stated “I don’t like to keep players that are unhappy” and is open to allowing Sterling’s exit this summer, even to a Premier League rival, on condition that an acceptable bid in the region of £50m is tabled.

Tuchel is desperate to add a decisive edge in the final third to cure Chelsea’s goalscoring issues.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was in touch with City to discuss figures and the structure of a deal, with Tuchel expressing to Sterling that he sees him as a decisive figure for Chelsea’s starting XI, but also as a leader and reference point.

All parties are willing to finalise a deal and the process is thought to have been very transparent and amicable, especially the talks between Sterling and City.

Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he has directly contributed a combined 165 goals in the division in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City – as well as tactical flexibility and experience.

The 27-year-old believes he is in the decisive phase of his career and wants to make a significant contribution on and off the pitch.

He has held respectful discussions with City in this regard and a decision on his future will revolve around the influence he will be able to have – especially in the big matches.

Tuchel contacting Sterling and spelling out his vision speaks to how serious Chelsea’s interest is. They have also tracked Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s Richarlison.

The fact that City can cede two attackers to members of the ‘Big Six’ – Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for £45m and potentially Sterling to Stamford Bridge – without trepidation is a sign of their solid recruitment and the gap that exists between the clubs.

Intra-league transfers at the top end of the table are set to become more common as European teams struggle to financially compete with their English counterparts.

“I think it’s a transfer that, potentially, works well for all parties. Sterling needs a change of scene; he has fallen out of favour at Manchester City, has a year left on his contract and there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for him outside of Chelsea.

“I think a lot of the big Premier League clubs are experiencing this at the moment where it is easier for them to sell to each other, potentially, than to anyone else, given the finances involved. And Chelsea need a way to refresh their attacking options, particularly after letting Romelu Lukaku go back to Inter on loan.

“I think the new owners want to make a statement as well and while Raheem Sterling might not be the most exotic or exciting name to some Chelsea fans, he is Premier League proven, 27 years old, a key England international. He would clearly be a quality addition.

“I think Sterling is a little bit of a polarising target among Chelsea fans and I think part of that is just because he is so familiar. We know his flaws as a player so well, as well as his strengths, as we’ve been watching him forever in the Premier League and I think that feeds into the way a lot of Chelsea fans see him. But there is no denying he has been a very effective player in top teams in this league for a long, long time, so I think he’d be a very reliable performer.

“We are also seeing an increased willingness from Chelsea to look at Premier League proven targets. They have been burned in the last couple of years by signing players from other leagues who have maybe needed time to adapt or, in some cases, not really adapted at all and not been maximised in the team.

“Someone like Sterling who has already produced at a high level in the Premier League for many years, you can see why that would be attractive to Chelsea and, for Boehly, he’s a big name. And at 27, he’s someone you could still expect to be productive for several more years.”

Chelsea are considering rivalling Tottenham for Everton’s Richarlison.

The Blues are interested in the Brazil striker as a potential replacement for Inter Milan-bound Romelu Lukaku.

However, Tottenham are targeting a package deal for both Everton’s Richarlison and Anthony Gordon.

Thomas Tuchel could sign as many as three new forwards, with interest in Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who is soon to be out of contract.

In defence, Chelsea are also targeting two centre-backs having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen and are keen on bringing their former academy graduate Nathan Ake back to the club.

Who will be on the move this summer before the transfer window closes at 11pm on September 1?

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez’s arrivals have excited Manchester City fans for a number of reasons, but the ability to freshen up his system may excite Pep Guardiola even further.

Back in 2017, City thought they had stumbled upon a formation that would hand them success for years to come. Against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola deployed a 3-5-2 to great effect – scoring five goals and picking up three vital points against a potential title rival.

It was a result that really kickstarted City’s season, but the set-up has rarely been seen since.

In that team, Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus started alongside each other, with Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker bombing on as the two wing-backs. It created nightmares for Liverpool – and their defence really failed to contain anything the Blues threw at them that day.

Two games later – against Crystal Palace – Mendy ruptured his ACL and Guardiola returned to his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation. The Catalan clearly did not feel like there was anyone else capable of playing that left-back role as effectively and wanted to make the switch to provide adequate cover for his backline.

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